Cimicifuga heracleifolia

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Historical Use of Cimicifuga heracleifolia

Cimicifuga heracleifolia in Traditional Chinese Medicine


Lushengma ÂÌÉýÂé Zhishengma ÖËÉýÂé Chinese Name (pinyin): Shengma

Chinese Name  :

Common Name  :Bugbane Rhizome

Specific Name  : Rhizoma cimicifugae

Scientific Name:
Collection  : The drug is collected in autumn, removed from soil and fibrous roots and dried in the sun.

Description  : Irregular long pieces, frequently branched, nodular, 10 - 20 cm in diameter, 10 - 20 cm long, 2 - 4 cm in diameter. Externally blackish brown or brown, rough with remains of many wiry fibrous roots. The upper part sdhowing several round and hollow remains of stem, the inner walls with reticulate furrows and the lower part lumpy with fibrous root scars. Texture light and hard, uneasily broken, fracture uneven, cracked, fibrous, yellowish green or yellowish white. Odour slight, taste slightly bitter and astringent.

Identification  : Not more than 8.0%

Processing  : Eliminate foreign matter, soak briefly, wash clean, soften thoroughly, cut into thick slices and dry.

Action  : To induce perspiration and promote eruption, to remove toxic heat, and to cure droping and ptosis.

Indication  : headache caused by wind-heat, toothache, ulcers in the mouth, sore throat; measles with inadequate eruption and other eruptive febrile diseases; prolapse of the rectum or uterus

Precautions  :

Dosage  : 3 to 9 g.

Storage  : Preserve in a ventilated and dry place.

Synonymns for Cimicifuga heracleifolia

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Evidence or the Use of Cimicifuga heracleifolia in the Treatment of Epilepesy

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1st Five Results: pubmed search

Lan-Yun Miao, Thi Thanh Huyen Chu, Ping Li, Yan Jiang, Hui-Jun Li
Cimicifuga heracleifolia is therapeutically similar to black cohosh in relieving menopausal symptoms: evidence from pharmacological and metabolomics studies.
Chin J Nat Med: 2019, 17(6);435-445
[PubMed:31262456] [] [DOI] (I p)

Da-Yong Lu, Shuai Kang, Ye-Zhuo Zhao, Jun-Tao Lei
[Study on Ranunculaceae herbal decoction pieces using X-ray diffraction].
Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi: 2019, 44(3);482-488
[PubMed:30989912] [] [DOI] (P p)

Jing Lu, Wei-Hua Wang, Qiang-Qiang Shi, Xing-Rong Peng, Da-Shan Li, Ming-Hua Qiu
J Asian Nat Prod Res: 2019, 21(11);1119-1122
[PubMed:30450964] [] [DOI] (I p)

Qiang-Qiang Shi, Wei-Hua Wang, Jing Lu, Da-Shan Li, Lin Zhou, Ming-Hua Qiu
New Cytotoxic Cycloartane Triterpenes from the Aerial Parts of Actaea heracleifolia (syn. Cimicifuga heracleifolia).
Planta Med.: 2019, 85(2);154-159
[PubMed:30231263] [] [DOI] (I p)

Yipeng Ma, Wenjuan Cong, Hao Huang, Liang Sun, Anh Hung Mai, Kurt Boonen, Wahedi Maryam, Wim De Borggraeve, Guoan Luo, Qingfei Liu, Liliane Schoofs, Frank Van Kuppeveld, Johan Neyts, Carmen Mirabelli, Walter Luyten
Identification of fukinolic acid from Cimicifuga heracleifolia and its derivatives as novel antiviral compounds against enterovirus A71 infection.
Int. J. Antimicrob. Agents: 2019, 53(2);128-136
[PubMed:30063999] [] [DOI] (I p)



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